VADER – Black to the Blind (Pavement, 1998)

Black to the Blind (Pavement)

Credits: Piotr, or Peter – vocals guitar. Doc – drums. Shambo – bass. Mauser – guitar.

I love Vader.  There’s no way I can write a totally objective review of a Vader album; I am just predisposed to liking it.  Black to the Blind is no exception.  This is their third major full-length, and the album where Vader really started coming into the style that was fully explored with the succeeding album, Litany from 2000.  So why do I have so much respect for Vader?  These Polish musicians don’t just have the musical skill that death metal demands, they go in deep with their lyrical content as well.  No shallow “I love Satan! Kill God!” hollering here: Peter uses his strong tenor voice to educate and inform the listener about Vader’s favorite occult and magic figures from the past and present.  Names, dates, and quotes are given to clarify the details of each song, along with the printed lyrics.  These guys actually make you interested in learning more about the people and ideas they’re interested in.  Way to use music for communication, Vader!  This is serious death metal.  Not very melodic; blast beats abound, the tempos are fast, and the guitars are heavy.  What more do you want? Note: if you have the Pavement USA version, you probably noticed there’s a set of lyrics with no song to go with it on the actual disc.  I think it’s a foreign bonus track.  Despite this hiccup, Vader remains among the best.

Guest Review by, MarK

Broken Hope Repulsive Conception 1995

Band: Broken Hope
Album: Repulsive Conception
Year: 1995

When I was first introduced to death metal music it was by bands like Slayer and Venom, two of which it took me years to appreciate on their own. But one thing bands like the aforementioned did accomplish, they lit the spark that spread like wildfire over the genre. That being said, I started to get on my own two feet about the genre and started to discover the big names like Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation. And lesser common names like Prophecy, Hate Eternal and Broken Hope. The last name I mentioned is the band I want to talk a little bit about today.

Where has truly sickening and outright disgusting lyrics, alongside the most inhuman vocals come from? Joe Ptacek and company. The successor to the untouchable Bowels of Repugnance, a feat I thought almost impossible. But Repulsive Conception, lifts its spirits on high. Melodic shifts, acoustic interludes, which have almost become a trademark in their releases. It drives along this mighty beast. Including the contrast of downright evil and evil, into a softer interlude.

This was one of the introductory releases that got me into death metal in the first place. And I think this was one of the more polished and heightened releases from the stock. I wish their newer stuff could reflect on their earlier discs.                                                                                    Repulsive
Conception  a blend of memorable riffs and excellent drums and guitar assemblage. I wish the bass could stand out more in this release, but I guess its absence in sound, makes up for it in the other stand out instrumentation.

As I think I made it clear this album has some nostalgic value to me. Their newer work is almost becoming a distasteful reflection. It was cool to get the dvd with their new album. Repulsive Conception is a album not to miss. To me this and the Bowels of Repugnance are their key and elemental releases. 

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